Recently we had the opportunity to taste side-by-side a variety of dishes from two of Chicago's popular cajun venues. Our tasting impressions follow:
1) RED BEANS & RICE.
H7: Medium-mild spice, nothing remarkable. Their black-eye peas dish we like alot more (see below)
BB: Fluffy, creamy beans. They really worked on this dish. Very nice. Our favorite of the two
2) COLLARD GREENS
H7: Very spicy. Nice big leaves, not the small, choppy/soggy stuff often passing as greens. What's that flavor ?? Like a "bbq vinegar". Very very tasty.
BB: Nice big leaves. Moist, luscious. The best thing we tried from BB. Delicious and unique. We really liked both H7 and BB Collards.
H7: One word: yummy! Great depth of flavor and spice.
BB: By itself really tastes great. Lingering spice. But slightly out-tasted by H7 head-to-head. The BB Jambalaya actually LOOKS better, H7 just a bit tastier and more interesting.
The above dishes we tasted head-to-head. We'd give a slight overall nod to Heaven on Seven based on these. The following were tasted individually.
4) CRAWFISH ETOUFEE: from BB: milder than their Jambalaya. Not particularly interesting at the end of the day.
5) BLACK EYE PEAS from H7: Interesting. Almost as much sausage slices as peas. Like it more than their Red beans & rice dish.
6) ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE from H7: Very tasty. Crunchy casing. Nothing not to like.
7) GUMBO from H7: Just non-descript. Not particularly interesting to look at OR taste.
You can get an interesting Cajun meal from either of these venues. Guess we'd slightly favor Heaven on Seven overall.
Heaven on Seven... 600 N. Michigan upstairs
Blue Bayou... 3750 something N. Southport opposite the Music Box Theatre.